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Small Cement Mixer
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IC    Posted 03-16-2003 at 08:17:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone got any good ideas on how to make a small cement mixer for home use. It will be used for projects around the house to mix morter to make rock walls, and to mix concrete for a sidewalk. I have been looking at one of those small ones at the local Tractor Supply Co. and it is a small 3.5 cu ft with a 1/3 electric motor, has anyone had any experience with one of these. Any comments and suggestions are Greatly Appreciated !

Frank    Posted 03-08-2006 at 00:03:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks to everyone that posted their ideas aboout how to make a small cement mixer. I got one Im thinking about but havent followed thru. Im thinking of using parts from a washer ie. the barrel, the motor and tranny. I think I will have to beef up the drum or barrel where the hub of the motor will attach. However Im still open to ideas. I like to build stuff but still buying a used one is tempting as others have posted.

Yankee    Posted 03-16-2003 at 14:23:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I would go with a used one.I'm sure if you look through the classified ads and yard sales you could find a good used one.A friend of mine got a good deal on one at a rental place.Was used and he was able to modify it to what he wanted.But a handy little tool.

Spence    Posted 03-16-2003 at 12:42:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of the handiest tools you'll ever own. They're like welders, you'll get tired of looking at it sitting idle then you'll sell it. Soon as you do that you need it.

Has an advantage too. Don't bother buying the "HAB BUSTER" as seen on TV. After laying a 6in slab of 20 X 20 concrete by hand like I did for my shop, you'll lose about 15 pounds pronto.

If your going to go electric use a 1/2 horse
motor, the 1/3 will work too hard. Mine is a Red Lion that came with a new 3.5hp gas engine, so you don't need an extension cord. Try to arrange
to have the bucket lower (more horizontal) in the mix position when mixing because the 1740 rpm is a little high for mixing and the mix stays on the bottom. I gerry rigged an adjustable hold bar out of threaded rod so I can lower the bucket by unscrewing a nut on the rod, works great. You'll have to grease more often with this setup as it's a little harder on the rear sleeve bearing.

Lazy Al    Posted 03-16-2003 at 12:11:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Quite often you can find a used one. check at auctions and yard sales . I wouldn't be happy with that little 3.5 one at tractor supply .
I got one that fits on my little ford and mixes a bag at a time and really like it. the only draw back is mounting it and taking it off . Made a
power screed and a chute a few years back and
two of us poured 30 some yards in 9foot strips
in my pole barn .
One would dump in 10 gal of water and a bag then
with the loader on another tractor dump gravel in the chute that ran into the mixer and it would mix while he was driving to where I wanted it and I just pulled the screed with a rope .
I always mix mortar by hand just never worked trying to use a mixer to much fussing . one girl (wife) mixing can keep up with me laying block or stone

Robert    Posted 03-16-2003 at 19:48:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
You really mix your cement loose! I put in less than 5 gallons of water in my one bag 3 point mixer!!!

Lazy Al    Posted 03-17-2003 at 07:11:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
In reality I guess we mixed less water too
We fill a 55 gal barrel with water and use
a five gal pail and scoop up two of them about
full .So it's more like 7 or 8 gal or so .
Yes it was a little sloppy butI can't slow the tractor down enough to have it mix real good and I was screeding
it my self. made it easier .and it's held up
well .NO cracks but we had a good base too.

Randy    Posted 03-16-2003 at 11:06:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Plans to build one here

walt    Posted 03-16-2003 at 10:03:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Instead of buying a new one, I put a wanted ad in our local "trader" paper. Bought a sears one for $60.(electric) Not much to look at, but works great.

DeadCarp    Posted 03-16-2003 at 09:09:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, after reading the question my first response was "buy one". I got one in when we first retired in 1990, it's mixed feed and mud for a dozen projects and i only added 2 wheels, flop-up pipe handles & a tin cover to keep the motor dry - handiest darn thing! If you're pouring over as cubic yard, get a crew ready or call for redimix.

jerry troxell    Posted 10-09-2005 at 13:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Make a homemade mixer
Did you ever get a cement mixer?
I've been thinking about making one myself. Partially because they are a little expensive for me and also I like the idea of making one.
Right now I'm thinking of using a good 50 gal barrel. I'm thinking of making a frame out of metal stud material and putting small (lawn mower?) wheels for the barrel to turn on. I'd drive it with an old go cart wheel and tire. The one wheel drive type with a large 35 chain sprocket and use the gravity clutch that a cart uses attached to the motor. I may have to mess with gearing. Maybe an old lawnmower self propelled drive unit.
I would have the entire unit hinged to dump.I would put one wheel running parallel to the lip on the top and bottom of the barrel to hold it in place. I think a key is getting eveything square.
I think I'll try to use 3 old lawnmower blades for paddles. Weld a couple of short pieces of all thread and make support plates on the inside and outside with nuts on either side.
The way I'm planning it I would only have to drill 6 holes in the barrel for the 3 paddles. If the barrel wears out I could just remove the paddles and put them on a new barrel.
I would probably use an electric motor so it could be mounted to the frame and rotate and act as a counter balance.
Well if you've finished laughing I'd appreciate your input and your solution.
I'm going to make a drawing this week if you would be interested in seeing it.

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